“It’s going to be strange going to school tomorrow.”
Dan and I are sat chatting in his room as we prepare his bags for his first day at a new school on Monday.
“It’s tough after six weeks off,” I say “all those late nights and days out with no real routine”.
“No, I mean it will be strange going to that school. A different school. Not knowing anyone.”
It’s hanging in the air again. Dan had to do this two years ago when we couldn’t get into the middle school we wanted; where all his friends were going.
He’s so like me. Shy. Not so you’d look at him and say ‘he’s a shy boy that one’. To meet him you’d think him friendly, chatty, outgoing. But he’s had to work at it. Just like me.
“I won’t know anyone. I’ve got to make new friends all over again. It’s really hard. I’m a bit anxious about it really.”
AK. Got me right there front and centre in my heart.
Last year we decided to take control of his education, and he’s worked really hard to get a place at the school he’s going to and it’s not going to be an easy ride. It’s going to be really hard work. And he’s totally up for that.
But I worry he’ll find the social thing the hardest work of all.
And so, the first day of school was tense. Head clamp tense. Not being able to breathe or eat or concentrate on anything for any length of time. That sort of tense.
And that was me, not him. I was a wreck.
I kept glancing at his timetable watching ‘break’ time roll around, wondering what he was doing, had he met someone, did the rest of the school accept him, was he on his own?
I felt like it was ME at that school for the first time with my slightly too big blazer and grown up school shoes.
I raced to pick him up at the end of the day. Raced.
“I’ve got such a bad head from thinking about you all day Dan!” I announce, almost in relief, almost as a question to see if I had any reason to worry.
“Well that was daft” he chuckles, “I was absolutely fine. I really love it. Now can we go home and watch Doctor Who?”
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